The Book of Lost Names



[Ebook] ➩ The Book of Lost Names By Kristin Harmel – E17streets4all.co.uk Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the interna Inspired by an astonishing of Lost MOBI ð true story from World War II a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the international bestselling author of the “epic and heart wrenching World War II tale” Alyson Noel New York Times bestselling author The Winemaker’s WifeEva Traube Abrams a semi retired librarian in Florida is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph The Book PDF/EPUB ² in a magazine lying open nearby She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago The book in the photograph an eighteenth century religious text thought to have Book of Lost Kindle Ö been taken from France in the waning days of the war is one of the most fascinating cases Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral und Landesbibliothek library it appears to contain some sort of code but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war As a graduate student in Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father a Polish Jew Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland But erasing people comes with a price and along with a mysterious handsome forger named Rémy Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears An engaging and evocative novel reminiscent of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Alice Network The Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.The Book of Lost Names

Kristin Harmel is the of Lost MOBI ð New York Times bestselling and international bestselling author of THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE and a dozen other novels that have been translated into numerous languages and sold all over the worldA former reporter for PEOPLE magazine Kristin has been writing professionally since the age of when she began her career as a sportswriter covering Major.

The Book of Lost Names eBook é of Lost  MOBI ð
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • The Book of Lost Names
  • Kristin Harmel
  • 18 July 2016
  • 9781982131890

10 thoughts on “The Book of Lost Names

  1. says:

    Happy Publication Day to The Book Of Lost Names35 stars The tearful ending made me round up to 4 instead of down to 3An eye opening and informative lighter WWII storyEva and her mother are forced to flee their apartment in Paris after being added to the list of Jews in the round up Before Eva’s father is captured he provided a plan for Eva and her mother to flee to Switzerland Eva takes charge and leads her mother to a small hidden town at the Swiss border There she and her mother blend in and become part of the small town Resistance where Eva learns the intricate art of forgery aiding hundreds of young Jewish children in making their way to safetyThis book was a mix of things for me I enjoyed it and loved the main character Eva Eva’s mother on the other hand irritated me from start to finish Her constant negativity was a frustration to endure and I found she distracted me from the storyI enjoyed learning about the Resistance group who worked so hard to save the Jewish children However the majority of the novel lacked the emotional pull and connection I had expected I didn’t feel any of the true grit and darkness of these wartime atrocities Eva’s story in becoming a forger for the Resistance was very interesting and I loved learning about that however I wanted focus on the children the Resistance was saving I wanted to be fully immersed within the underground children’s rescue mission and hoped for detail surrounding that underground Resistance network Had the novel focused on the underground Resistance network and less on the romance it would have been much enjoyable A recurring issue I had with the storyline was how many times Eva had faced a “close call” There were too many convenient instances of officers looking the other way or yawning while checking paperwork which took away from my investment in the story and made it a predictable lighter less intense readThe ending had a great twist that kicked my enjoyment up a notch After feeling less than emotionally invested for the first 80% I shed a few tears at the end which was a pleasant surpriseOverall it was a well written interesting and entertaining read with some wonderful characters but lacked the emotional depth and grit I crave with historical fiction readsLoved this uote “She doesn’t understand what it means to love books so passionately that you would die without them that you would simply stop breathing stop existing”

  2. says:

    Holocaust stories are never easy to read and they shouldn’t be While we never see the horrors of the death camps in this novel we see the heartbreaking impact on so many especially children whose mothers and fathers were rounded up by the Nazis sent to those camps killed there or before they get there It tells of the brave and good people of the French Resistance who risked their lives some of whom lost family of their own forging documents and transporting Jewish children to safety The narrative follows a pattern that I’ve seen in so many recent novels alternating the past and present tying the two together and this is so well done here While the characters are imagined they represent some real people and their courageous acts to save the lives of so many This is discussed by the author in her notes at the end to put the imagined story in context with the history Eva Traube Abrams an eighty six year old semi retired librarian has shut out her past kept it from her family When she sees a newspaper article about a librarian in Berlin trying to connect people with books that might have been theirs before the Nazis looted libraries in Europe she knows she can no longer shut out her story The photo of a book Epitres et Evangiles Epistles and Gospels called The Book of Lost Names by Eva and others who forged documents to save Jewish children is than just a Catholic Church text It contains secret codes that preserved the given names of some of the children saved “I want to keep a list of the children we are falsifying documents for They belong to someone all of them Because someone should remember” Eva’s desire in this beautiful way reflects my belief as well as so many others that it is so very important to remember these victims The novel is filled with tension and intrigue and it’s also a love story I thought it was such a worthwhile story to read but I took off a star since the ending while touching was predictable and didn’t strike me as realistic Having said that I highly recommend it to historical fiction fans especially those who are as compelled as I am to read these stories and to insure that the victims of the Holocaust both those who died and those who survived are not forgottenI received a copy of this book from Gallery BooksSimon Schuster through Edelweiss

  3. says:

    This book is a historical fiction that goes between 2005 Eva in the present and the 1940's Eva in the past This book is all about WWII when Germany takes over Paris France Eva is a Jewish girl that lived in Paris This book will stay with me for so long It will touch your heart Eva is a girl that loves book that after the war become a librarian but during the war she helped Jewish kids escape France to safe their life She used The Book of Lost Name to help her remember all the kids real names This book has sadness l0ve misunderstanding and so much If you loved The Nightingale you will love this or if you love historical fiction books about WWII Paris France books I loved this book so much and this book should get a million stars This is one of the best historical fiction books I have read I was kindly provided an e copy of this book by the publisher or author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  4. says:

    May 2005 Eva Traube is in her 80’s and she enjoys working part time at her local library and she spends most of her time shelving books One day she is shocked to see an article in a magazine it’s about how the Nazis stole or destroyed priceless books from Berlin libraries during WW II in the article was a photo of a book that was precious to Eva 65 years ago and she never thought she would ever see it again Paris 1942 Eva lives happily with her mother Faiga and father Tatus once the German’s arrive every day life is made difficult for Jewish citizens and living in Paris is very hard Despite being warned about a roundup of Jewish people Eva’s parents believe they are safe and one night during a raid only Tatus is taken into custody Tatus has told Eva what to do if something ever happens to him she’s to contact a man her father has organized to help her he’s nervous and he gives her some papers and makes her uickly leaveEva and her mother escape to a little town called Aurignon in the free zone using their new identity papers she altered and they find a place to stay at a small boarding house Eva discovers from her desperation to save her mother and leave Paris she’s has a talent for forgery and she can help others and the French resistance Her years of watching her father repair type writers she has learnt to type and she has a uniue skill Give her the correct paper ink and pens Eva can easily create fake identity papers birth certificates ration cards travel documents and copy signatures Eva's sweet mother has changed by the loss of her husband and she is now an angry bitter difficult women and she thinks Eva should be concentrating on trying to save her father If she helps the resistance group her mother has a place to stay and she feels like she is doing her part to get back at the Germans and she can’t do anything to help her fatherEva spends her time at the local church with Pere Clement a priest Remy a fellow forger and together they create new identities for hundreds of Jewish people escaping to Switzerland Eva notices that many of the new identities are for young Jewish children who are not escaping with their parents they are too young to remember their real names and how will anyone find them when the war ends? Eva comes up with the idea to use a secret code called Fibonacci Seuence that only she and Remy understand they use an eighteenth century religious book to keep a record of the children’s names and they refer to it as The book Of Lost NamesSixty five years later Eva must face her past to be reunited with her precious book that was taken from a church library during the end of the Second World War and she thought she would never see it again The Book of Lost Names has a dual time line that’s very easy to follow the story is a about family sacrifice duty friendship honor betrayal and lost love What a brilliant book five stars from me and if you like to read historical WW II fiction I highly recommend The Book of Lost Names I have shared my review on Goodreads Twitter Australia Edelweiss Kobo and my blog

  5. says:

    A captivating historical fiction story full of bravery and resilienceSUMMARYEva Traube was forced to flee Paris in 1942 with her mother after the arrest of her father a Polish Jew She finds a refuge in a church in a small mountain town in the Free Zone There she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to Switzerland In erasing these children’s identity Eva knows she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are perhaps too young to remember who they really are She and Remy her forging partner keep records of the children secretly coded in a eighteenth century religious book she now calls The Book of Lost Names Eva survives the war and now over 65 years later She is a semi retired librarian in Florida It is at the Library that she spies a photograph of her book from 1942 The Book of Lost Names along with thousands of other valuable books had been looted by the Germans in the final days of the war and it is now housed in a Berlin library At 86 Eva uestions whether she has the strength to revisit old memories And see the book again REVIEWTHE BOOK OF LOST NAMES is a tension filled and thought proving World War II historical fiction drama Eva’s character is a strong smart and resilient woman who is the pillar of the story Her character is well developed and the dialog is delightful This riveting story is as smartly structured as the code in Eva’s secret book The writing is engaging and evocative and transports us to Paris and the fictional town of Aurignon South of Vichy during the height of the war You can’t go wrong with this engaging story of bravery and perseverance If you liked The Lilac Girls or The Alice Network you will love this oneAuthor Kristen Harmel is a international best selling author of numerous books including The Winemaker’s Wife and The Room on Rue Amélie Kristin was born just outside Boston Massachusetts After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Florida she spent time living in Paris and Los Angeles and now lives in Orlando with her family Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Books for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Publisher Gallery BooksPublished July 21 2020Review wwwbluestockingreviewscom

  6. says:

    TITLE THE BOOK OF LOST NAMESAUTHOR Kristin HarmelRELEASE DATE July 21 2020GENRE Historical FictionTHEMES TROPES WW II HolocaustRATING 45 STARSCLIFFHANGER NoREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOGWord War II is without a doubt one of the darkest times of mankind and war stories set in that era are often unsettling because they force us to take a hard look at our heritage and our own position towards race and racism THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES showcases how harrowing times and great adversity can bring out the best and the worst in people  it's about finding hope in places you didn't even know to look for it and joy and light in the darkest hoursIt is against the backdrop of a France deeply involved in World War II that bookish Eva a young Jewish woman who was raised sheltered is forced to grow up uickly when her father is being deported by the Nazis On the run with her devastated mother and on the way to neutral Switzerland she finds a modicum of safety in a small town south of Paris Eva's artistic talent stirs the interest of the local resistance Her own need for documents that pass Nazi scrutiny draws her into a life of secrecy and danger and soon she's one of the most prolific forgers in France I was never a hero I was just a young woman trying to do the right thing” I loved Eva despite the atrocities happening right in front of her nose she fought courageously looked death in the eye and did whatever she could to help save lives She had so much honor and gentleness about her and I think that's what Remy a man who she comes to first trust and then love drew to her Torn between her belief and care for her mother on one side and her love for a Catholic man and loyalty to the people she has come to care about Eva has to make some tough decisions and life itself is at stake especially when you don't know who you can trustRemy's affable and charming personality made him a favorite right from the start There was a distinct sense of goodness and warmth that radiated off the pages I had no idea how the author would manage not to break my heart completely but she totally accomplished that feat I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine I wanted to give this story a full five stars so bad the story itself would have deserved it but there is this one niggle I have Eva's mother is a real piece of work blaming her daughter for her husband's deportation being mean and lashing out And I so so wished Eva would have stood up for herself instead she tried to placate her mother  and many times it felt like Eva was the parent calming a whiny toddler throwing a temper tantrum I could see why she was that way with her mother stillShe was such a strong heroine in every regard but not when it came to her motherThe book jumps between wartime and 2005 and while we know the significance of The Book of Lost Names pretty much from the start we learn so much about it and why it is even important to Eva than we thoughtThe last 30% are a uick moving action filled and emotional tour de force that left me a little breathless as if I had lived through Eva and Remy's big finale Riding on an emotional roller coaster that drags you through hope love trust friendship humanity and secrets heartbreak and betrayal this story is a stark reminder that we aren't done processing and learning from this dark spot in our history by a long shot It made me feel uncomfortable and sad and tear up but also smile I loved THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES with all my heart “Sir” I reply “we are only responsible for the things we do—or fail to do—ourselves You owe me no apology”

  7. says:

    As always I'm trying to find books about WWII that are interesting to read and have a fair bit of reality in them This book is too much of a romance for me with characters that are magnified in a way that isn't very likely Big change of character too during the story from nasty to nice and the other way around I loved the present part of it with the 85 year old protagonist whom I immediately liked The history part of the stolen books is very interesting and the explanation at the end of the book is therefore very valuable

  8. says:

    This was the the first book that I read by Kristin Harmel and I thought it was excellent Several of her other books have sounded interesting to me and made it onto my TBR but it took a NetGalley deadline to get me to actually read one I am so glad I finally did and I look forward to reading of her work soon I thought young Ava started out a bit naive She made a couple of decisions that made me think that she was going to be one of those main characters that was foolish and I wouldn't be able to relate to her However she uickly became a brave woman that I could admire I thought the writing was engaging and had just the right amount of description The feel of the story reminds me a bit of The Nightingale There is romance and danger betrayal and loyalty family and obligation and most of all love If you enjoyed The Nightingale you will likely enjoy this story as well If you thought that story was too light and focused on the romance you may have a similar opinion of this story For me it was just right Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing me with a free electronic copy in exchange for an honest review

  9. says:

    During WWII forgers played important role in the Resistance It was a network of “brave people who used their artistic ability and scientific ingenuity to produce convincing documents that allowed innocent people to survive”Florida 2005 Eva Traube librarian comes across an article talking about a book which she thought had vanished foreverParis 1942 Eva is pursuing her doctorate in English literature Her father Polish born Jew is arrested But before that he arranged with his employer for fake documents for Eva in order for her to escape to the free zone in Switzerland Since she has to escape with her mother now she is given blank documents and supplies to forge their own documents From Paris they travel east toward the Alps and make a stop in Aurignon Where even though their papers are very legible looking there is something else that gives them away Now a Catholic priest asks Eva for help in forging papers for Jewish children He convinces her to do this “artistic endeavors” in order “to move toward a life of freedom” Her mother wants to continue toward the free zone Eva is torn With her work materializing on a page in front of her “hope floats up within her” She feels it within her that she is doing a good work and the right one Her father’s words “Who will remember us?” bring up a concern Who will remember the real names of the Jewish children for whom she is forging the documents and who are too young to remember later their real names Her partner in forgery Remy comes up with a brilliant idea His love for math and the Fibonacci seuence give him an idea how to code real names without putting any one in dangerWritten with so much humanity There is so much love and caring breathed into the characters making it one of the most endearing and beautiful stories You can also feel the pain of those who lost the love ones You can sense Eva’s hesitation She wants to do the right thing by her mother and the right thing dictated by her heart But her mother’s different thinking doesn’t make it easy for her Helping the children makes Eva feel like she “can bring some light to the world even in the midst of all the darkness” The description of the town brings so much of visible charm I was also enchanted by the invisible charm of the closeness of people working together being part of a network which helps hundreds of innocent children who some lost their parents to escape the injustice inflicted upon themI enjoyed the magical description of the town so much that I wanted to locate it on a map As it turns out it’s a fictional town I understand it gives any writer freedom who doesn’t have to worry about town’s accuracy But setting it in a real town makes it a credible story That’s the only thing I wished was different about this bookThis spellbinding page turner doesn’t bring atrocity of WWII and despite the horror and injustice of the war the author manages to create such heart warming story of network of people who risk their own lives to save others The story brings such characters one cares deeply for and who take a reader on an extraordinary journey of courage faith and bravery Source ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  10. says:

    THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES takes place in WWII France The story reveals how we find moments of joy in times of hardship It is the perfect book for this summer eh?

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